Joe Biden Wins 2020 U.S. Election: Celebrities React
When it comes to the White House, fashion goes beyond looks.
“As First Lady, I was slowly watching myself being exposed to the world,” Michelle Obama recalled in her 2020 Netflix documentary, Becoming. “I had to become more strategic in how I presented myself because it had the potential of defining me for the rest of my life.”
“Fashion for a woman still predominates how people view you and that’s not fair, that’s not right, but it’s true,” she pointed out. “That’s when fashion isn’t just fashion. It’s how do you turn it into your tool rather [than] being a victim of it.”
Indeed, before the country’s leaders—particularly women—open their mouth to speak, their clothing has already spoken for them. And, while it can often seem superficial or trivial, fashion can be a powerful, advantageous force in the White House if used properly. As demonstrated by several first ladies like Obama, many have used it to show the world not only quite literally who they are, but also what they care about, who they want to uplift and what kind of image they want to evoke long after their duties are done.
While the country’s male leaders have yet to take as much advantage of this influential outlet—or the world unfairly pays less attention—the sartorial story of White House women officially begins on, as its name suggests, Inauguration Day.